Eligibility for Federal Student Aid
To be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must:
Be a U.S. CITIZEN or U.S. NATIONAL
You are a U.S. Citizen if you were born in the United States or certain U.S. territories, if you were born abroad to parents who are U.S. citizens, or if you have obtained citizenship status through naturalization. If you were born in American Samoa or Swains Island, then you are a U. S. national.
Be an ELIGIBLE NON-CITIZEN
In addition, you'll need to...
- Have a valid Social Security Number unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students may have a Social Security Number, however DACA students are not eligible for federal student aid.
DACA students may qualify for state aid. View California Dream Act for critieria and the California Student Aid Commission website for Dream Act Application.
- Be registered with Selective Services, if you are a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program